Measuring Depth Profiles of Scattering in the Ocean

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Commerce
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$221,395.00
Award Year:
2003
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
DG133R-03-CN-0064
Agency Tracking Number:
2002-03
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Softronics Ltd., Inc.
6920 Bowman Lane, NE, Cedar Rapids, IA, 52402
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Robert Sternowski
Project Director
(319) 431-0314
rhsterno@mchsi.com
Business Contact:
Robert Sternowski
President
(319) 431-0314
rhsterno@mchsi.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
LIDAR (laser radar) is used for oceanographic research, and emits a short light pulse whose return echoes are digitized and analyzed to determine the composition and location of underwater objects. This requires a digitizer with high sampling speed, wide bandwidth commensurate with the pulse width, and high dynamic range. What is needed in reality is a 14 bit, 1 Gsample/second (Gs/s) analog-to-digital converter (ADC), which does not yet exist due to shortcomings of the integrated circuit state-of-the-art. Currently the program is using a 100 MHz logarithmic amplifier and a COTS 8 bit, 1 Gs/s ADC PC plug-in board. Phase 1 proposed, and analytically and experimentally validated, the feasibility of employing a novel array of 12 bit COTS ADCs to achieve the desired dynamic range and bandwidth at a sampling speed of 1 Gs/s. The proposed Phase 2 effort will produce three (3) full proof-of-concept prototype PCI-64 digitizer cards for delivery and NOAA evaluation by implementing and refining the multi-ADC architecture validated in Phase 1.

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